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NLPD Investigation Leads to Arrest in Joliet Marijuana Plant Operation

An investigation by New Lenox police led to the arrest of Ehren Meintel, 27, of Joliet, police said. He is accused of possessing more than 5,000 grams of marijuana.

About 150 marijuana plants, growing equipment and a dozen firearms were seized when officers raided a Joliet home Tuesday morning, police said.

Ehren Meintel, 27, of the 500 block of Park Drive in Joliet, is charged with possession of more than 5,000 grams of marijuana, unlawful production of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and not having a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card.

Meintel was arrested during the morning raid on the alleged marijuana growing operation at his home on Park Drive. Will County Sheriff's deputies served a warrant for New Lenox police, whose investigation based on information from a confidential source led them to the Joliet house.

An "elaborate marijuana manufacturing operation" was discovered in the house, police said. Industrial lighting, fans, growing trays and fertlizer were seized along with the plants and guns.

Meintel is being transported to the Will County jail to await a bond hearing.

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Jim C. April 18, 2013 at 12:51 AM
What a joke. Super Troopers with a major bust. Guy grows his own weed and has a personal gun collection. Make Meintel look like a hardcore criminal when the guy is harmless. Looking at 3-7 years for absolutely harmless weed. That's the law though I guess, shoulda bought his weed from a banger on the south side. Much safer.
Hartz April 18, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Looks like medical marijuana will pass in illinois, finally. Maybe they needed the equipment?! Most people who renewed their FOID card are in the same position- with the state being 6 months backed up on apps. Can we concentrate on these amber alerts, rolling meth labs and crack houses?? I think there are more important things than some marijuana.

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